William Woods University will host its second annual service-learning fair on Thursday, Sept. 24. Service-learning is a teaching method that utilizes community service to help students gain a deeper understanding of course content, acquire new knowledge and engage in civic activity.
The service-learning fair will be held from noon to 12:30 p.m. outside Tucker Dining Hall. In case of rain, the fair will be held in the Ivy Room (below Tucker Dining Hall). It is free and open to anyone in the community interested in service.
WWU has an active service-learning community, including partnerships with organizations such as the American Red Cross, Coalition Against Rape and Domestic Violence (CARDV), Fulton Head Start, Fulton Preschool, Fulton Public Schools, Habitat for Humanity, Missouri School for the Deaf, Presbyterian Manor, SERVE Inc., United Way and Fulton Soup Kitchen, among others.
The service-learning fair will explain service-learning in more depth, list opportunities available to serve in Fulton with local agencies, and explain how the WWU curriculum is incorporating service-learning into classroom learning.
According to Cassie Davis, academic service-learning coordinator, the purpose of the fair is to investigate possible service-learning projects that could simultaneously meet classroom learning objectives and community needs. It is also a good venue for students or community organizations to find volunteer opportunities outside of class.
Many community partners have committed to being at the fair, including Fulton Preschool, United Way, Our House (formerly Wylie & Haven House), Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association, Callaway County 4-H, CARDV, Missouri Girls Town, Faith Maternity Care, Central Missouri Food Bank and the Soup Kitchen.
Many WWU departments will be involved as well, including art, American Sign Language interpreting, business, science (astronomy), computer information technologies and education.
“I think Gandhi had the right idea,” said Davis. “You never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no results.”